One of Warragul’s busiest and most problematic roads will receive safety improvements next month.
Council’s $182,000 project will target Albert Street between Victoria Street and North Road.
Baw Baw Shire council’s maintenance team will widen Albert Street’s roundabout to increase deflection and install usage parking lanes and bicycle lanes along the road.
Infrastructure works on Albert Street is made possible by the Federal government’s 2015/16 Blackspot program, which awarded Baw Baw Shire council $2.47 million.
The federal governments Black Spot program aims to improve dangerous roads to save lives and reduce road trauma.
“Thanks to the Federal Government funding we have been able to make a number of safety upgrades throughout the Shire this year, making travelling along Baw Baw roads safer for our residents and all road users”, Baw Baw Shire Mayor Joe Gauci said.
“Keeping our residents and visitors safe is a vital priority for Baw Baw Shire Council. The National Building Black Spot Program allows us to continue to support our commitment to improve the state of our roads.”
According to the Australian Government Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development, treated areas were found to reduce causality crashes by 30 percent.
Cr Joe Gauci believes the works will go a long way towards making Albert Street safer for all road users.
“This is one of Warragul’s busiest roads with wide traffic lanes and a 60km/h speed limit, which can make it difficult for pedestrians to get across the road at peak times. There have been a number of crashes reported along this section of the road, with excessive speed being a factor.
“The works will include renewed line marking and signage to make the shared traffic, bicycle and parking lanes clearer. The delineation at the roundabouts will also be upgraded by installing modified splitter islands and better footpath approaches.
Council expects Albert Street safety improvements to be complete by mid-April this year.
Funding from the federal government’s Blackspot program will also fund road works on Old Sale Road, Lillico Road, Lardners Track road, Waterlood Road, Nayook Poweltown Road and Jindivick-Neerim South Road.